There seems to be a growing interest in red wine. Its popularity has never waned and remains as strong as ever. There are apparent health benefits associated with drinking wine, both white and red, with red arguably having a greater positive impact on a person’s health.
Some people who may never have had wine, or perhaps try a glass once in a blue moon may suddenly decide they want to enjoy red wine more, or at least give it a shot (pardon the pun). So, let’s take a look at what newbies may want to know about buying and drinking red wine for beginners.
1. Zinfandel Wine
Zinfandel is a very popular red wine and one which a beginner may want to try. This red wine has fruity flavours such as strawberry, blackberry, cinnamon and even sweet tobacco. If, as a beginner, you want to try a Zinfandel, look for one with a higher alcohol content. Alcohol does have a major bearing on the taste.
Make sure you can handle the alcohol content, and of course, be responsible and do not go overboard. Take it slowly. Look for a Zinfandel with at least a minimum of 14 percent alcohol by volume. The alcohol in wine helps to increase the boldness and intensifies the fruit flavours.
2. Petite Sirah Wine
This enjoyable red wide has notes of black pepper, cedar, blueberry, dark chocolate and jam. It is also high in tannins. If you want to learn more about tannins, this is a good red wine to try. The grapes that are used in making this red wine are quite small. This results in more skin and seeds. This is the source of the colour and the tannin.
This wine can dry out your mouth and kind of sit on your tongue. Some people love that! It also has a good dose of antioxidants.
3. Grenache Wine
If you want to learn about acidity, this is a good one to understand it. This Spanish red wine has notes of candied cherry, orange and raspberry. This grape is grown primarily in southern France and Spain. This wine goes well with braised, stewed and grilled meats, such as beef, chicken, pork and veal. Though Asian cooking can be spicy, this is not always the case. The wine goes well with less spicy Asian dishes.
4. Merlot Wine
This is one of the most popular wines in the world. Beginners should definitely try this. While it is great for drinking on its own or with your meal, you can also use it for cooking. It goes well with barbecued chicken, meatloaf or even a good old macaroni and cheese!
Merlot does have moderate tannins but is also very flavourful, something a beginner may enjoy. Did you know you could even use a Merlot as a flavour for some desserts? A Merlot is one of those wines that you can’t go wrong with.
5. Pinot Noir Wine
The grapes used in making this particular wine tend to do much better in colder climates. This is probably one of the reasons that there can be a range in taste and flavour, depending on where it is from. Some can be expensive, but there are very good ones at a reasonable price.
Beginners may really enjoy a good Pinot Noir. There are German, American and New Zealand ones that are affordable, but also very good. A Pinot Noir can have a spicy horseradish, earthy mushroom or dark fruit flavour. It is a light to medium-bodied wine.
Though these are just a few, good, popular choices, to be honest, there are many red wines that can impress someone who wants to get into this. If you are interested in red wine for beginners, these are some red wines that can do the trick.